<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' co-creator Mike Schur on writing the perfect finale

Tonight's first episode won't end the series, but it could have
Do not be alarmed if the first of tonight’s two episodes of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (it airs at 8:30) feels like a series finale. It was designed to function as one — just in case — as have the last several of the show’s season finales.
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<p>Matthew Rhys and Keri Rusell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys and Keri Rusell in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'In Control'

Both sides scramble when President Reagan is shot

I'm on vacation this week, but I got to see tonight's "The Americans" in advance, and I have a few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I dig up a buried weapons cache...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Raymond J. Barry in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant and Raymond J. Barry in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Money Trap'

Raylan deals with a vengeful escappe, and Ava and Boyd go to a party

I'm on vacation this week, but I got to see tonight's "Justified" early, and have a few quick thoughts on it coming up just as soon as I don't use the diphthong...

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<p>Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."

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Review: In the end, Netflix's 'House of Cards' good but not great

HitFix
B+
Readers
B
Distribution model is revolutionary, but show would be mid-tier drama for HBO or Showtime

I finally finished Netflix's "House of Cards" late last week. As promised, I have a review of the entire first season — so don't read if you haven't finished yet and don't want to be spoiled — coming up just as soon as I put a spider outside my super's apartment...

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<p>Hopefully, my family's time off will turn out better than the Simpsons' trip to Itchy &amp;&nbsp;Scratchy Land.</p>

Hopefully, my family's time off will turn out better than the Simpsons' trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land.

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Alan Sepinwall's week off

Time for your local TV critic to take the week off, with a few pre-written exceptions

Hey all, it is vacation time, and I'm going to do my best to completely unplug from now until Sunday night, when I'll be back to watch and write about the Oscar telecast.

The blog won't go completely dark while I'm gone, though. I've seen a handful of my regular shows ("Parks and Recreation" and "Community," to name two) in advance already and will be publishing short posts on them to give people a forum to talk about them in my absence. And I'll have one or two longer posts that I wrote last week that will be going up at certain points during the week.

If there's no post on something, it's because I didn't see it in advance, and/or I ran out of time trying to prep things for this vacation. I will not be revisiting anything I missed, as there will be a too many fresh things to write about. So if "Zero Hour" episode 2 turns out to be the show that changed television forever, and I wasn't here to remark upon that, I'm sorry.

Play nice, stay safe, and I'll see you sometime on Sunday night.

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<p>Danai Gurira as Michonne in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Danai Gurira as Michonne in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Home'

While Rick and the Governor go wandering, Glen and Andrea try to keep things together

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as you give me a specific answer to a specific question...

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot;&nbsp;Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and Adam (Adam Driver)&nbsp;hang out.</p>

On "Girls," Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and Adam (Adam Driver) hang out.

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Boys'

Adam and Ray team up, Hannah gets an offer and Marnie realizes where she stands with Booth

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as my boyfriend is doing lights for Carly Rae Jepsen...

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<p>John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer in &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer in "The Office."

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Review: 'The Office' - 'Moving On'

Andy's reign of terror continues, while Pam meets a potential new boss who reminds her of the old one

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I hose you down...

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Emergency Response'

Leslie has one last hurdle to clear to turn Lot 48 into a park and beat Jamm

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I help a child perform a tracheotomy on his elderly uncle...

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<p>Anthony Edwards, Addison Timlin and Scott Michael Foster in &quot;Zero Hour.&quot;</p>

Anthony Edwards, Addison Timlin and Scott Michael Foster in "Zero Hour."

Credit: ABC

Series premiere: 'Zero Hour' - Strike'

What did everybody think of ABC's new evil Nazi clock drama?

I posted my review of ABC's "Zero Hour" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of the evil Nazi clock drama? Was it too crazy for you? Not crazy enough? Did you think Anthony Edwards was well-cast, or would you have preferred someone less straight-laced? Would you, like me, be happy to have the entire series narrated by the German clockmaker? Are you eager to learn more about these Rosicrucians and the baby with the eyes? Did the final revelation at pilot's end scare you or make you laugh? And will you watch again?

Have at it. Also... CLOCKS!

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